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Film room: Kevin Durant still looking to bust out of mini 3-point slump

Film room: Kevin Durant still looking to bust out of mini 3-point slump

Kevin Durant attempted 13 3-pointers in Game 4 against the Spurs.

He made his first two, but then missed nine of his next 11 to finish 4-for-13.

The 2017 Finals MVP is now 9-for-32 (28.1 percent) from deep in the series.

His struggles from beyond the arc actually began over the final five games of the regular season, when he shot a combined 10-for-34 (29.4 percent) from distance.

Over his first 63 regular-season games, Durant shot 43 percent from 3-point range -- which would have been a career best had the season ended on April 1.

So how do you explain the mini slump that he's in?

The only explanation I can think of -- shot selection.

Let's take a look at a couple of his attempts from Game 4:

1) Durant comes off a ball screen and has Pau Gasol on him. With 13 seconds left on the shot clock, it's fair to say that Durant settled when he could have easily beat Gasol off the dribble (even still, the shot goes in-and-out and Kevon Looney gets an offensive rebound and a layup).

2) Durant gets the rebound and pushes in transition. Draymond sets a high ball screen and Durant fires away with 18 seconds left on the shot clock. Based on the way Durant claps as he gets back in defense, he may have realized it was a "bad shot" (it's difficult for any shot Durant takes to be considered "bad.")

3) Another example of Durant settling when he could have blown right past Gasol (especially with 13 seconds left on the shot clock).

4) And sometimes, you just miss wide open ones...

Is Durant's 3-point shot something to be concerned about? Definitely not.

But it's worth monitoring as the playoffs roll on...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry unveils story behind why the Wolves didn't draft him: 'I hope it's true because that's hilarious'

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Steph Curry unveils story behind why the Wolves didn't draft him: 'I hope it's true because that's hilarious'

With the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select... Ricky Rubio.

With the sixth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select... Jonny Flynn.

With the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select... Stephen Curry.

And the rest is history.

As you all know, the man in charge of those selections -- David Kahn -- was fired in 2013 and no longer works in the NBA.

"My guy David Kahn. I don't know where he's at right now," Curry said on The Bill Simmons Podcast. "I don't know if that ever came out -- there's a story. Everybody knows how much I love golf -- play it in my spare time and what not.

"I think the word on the street was that he didn't draft me because in Minnesota it's cold and I wouldn't be able to play as much golf so I would have been miserable."

A shocked Simmons asked Curry: "Is that true?"

"I hope it's true because that's hilarious (laughter)," Curry said. "That's hilarious."

To which Simmons responded: "It was idiotic in the moment. I did a draft diary. I was going nuts. Because if you're gonna take two point guards, how are you not one of the two? And then if you're gonna go all-in on Rubio and you don't even know if he's gonna come over..."

Rubio didn't leave Spain for the NBA until the 2011-12 season, and a hip injury unfortunately ended Flynn's career after just two plus seasons.

There's no way we will ever find out if that golf story is true, but just like Steph... we certainly hope it is.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry shares one of his favorite Draymond Green stories: 'Livingston was posting me up...'

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Steph Curry shares one of his favorite Draymond Green stories: 'Livingston was posting me up...'

Steph Curry and Draymond Green have a special relationship. 

They have been teammates since the 2012-13 season and have been through a lot together.

[REWIND: That time Draymond & Curry bonded over BBQ, beer when trailing Grizzlies in playoffs]

Curry recently was a guest on The Bill Simmons Podcast, and obviously Draymond was a topic of conversation:

Simmons: "What’s your favorite Draymond story? What’s the one story that captures what it’s like to be on the same team as Draymond Green? Other than the game where he almost got thrown out for trash-talking the Clippers when he wasn’t even in uniform." (laughter)

Curry: "I remember that game. Probably the times him and Coach Kerr get into it. And you’re inside of practice and you don’t know whose side to take. Just like, 'I guess they’re both right, but they’re both wrong.'"

Simmons: "What do they argue about? Give me an example."

Curry: "They argue about a play call or maybe something Coach Kerr has been thinking about for a couple games ... and he's like 'Don’t over-coach. We know what we doing.' And coach is like, 'Well, I know you know what you’re doing, but let me just help you along as I’m supposed to do. That’s what my job is to do -- to point out things that could be important for us to win a championship.' 

"But they have a real -- the respect level between those two is at an all-time high, but they have their moments and it’s just amazing entertainment to watch in practice. Coach’s first year, we were doing some five-on-five drill, and Draymond loves talking trash to the whole team -- doesn’t matter if it’s me. Shaun Livingston was posting me up on the block and I had no chance to try to contest his shot. And he did a little turnaround, a Shaun Livingston vintage turnaround over the top of me.

"And Draymond was like, 'He’s too small, Dot! He’s too small, Dot! Baby food!' Yelling all that stuff during the middle of practice, and he’s on my team (laughter). I’m like, 'Bro, come on.' That little stuff happens, but then when him and Coach Kerr get into it, the whole practice stops because they’re two important voices when it comes to how practice is flowing.

"So, we let them kind of deal with their issue and we keep it moving. At then at the end of practice, it’s just like nothing happened. And that’s the best part."

Don't ever change, Draymond. Don't ever change.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller